So as I watched a bit of the Apple presentation today, I was once again awestruck with how awesome technology is and how fast it’s come.
I have with me, at all times, a machine that can access the internet (giving me dang near infinite potential knowledge), take GREAT quality pictures and HD video, hold my music and movie library, is a GPS, let me carry and play all my old NES, SNES, GB/C, and GBA games, AND communicate with people via voice, text, or image. Did I mention that if I’m out and I hear a song that I don’t know, I can press a button and my mobile magic box will tell me what the song is? Holy crap. How amazing is that? This stuff was a dream not too long ago. It was science fiction.
I remember close to ten years ago when my friend got a T-Mobile Sidekick. It was incredible. The thing could surf the internet if you had the five minutes it took for the page to load. All my Nokia brick phone could do was make calls, play Bowling, and destroy things that it was dropped on.
Not even ten years before that, my sister had a cell phone. It could make very expensive calls in case of an emergency and couldn’t even save numbers to a contact list. Oh, and it barely fit in your pocket. I’m pretty sure she carried it around as a substitute for a billy club in case trouble came her way.
A few decades before that? No cell phones. A bit more than a century ago and we didn’t have any phones. We had pigeons and men on horseback. For THOUSANDS of years. Then all of the sudden the 21st century happens and we have mobile phones that are more powerful than the current computer my mother uses.
Technology is freaking amazing and I think we need to take a step back sometimes to admire it. Myself included. Lord know’s I’m guilty of getting angry sometimes when my phone doesn’t respond fast enough, when all I really need to do is just calm down and
“Give it a second! It’s going to SPACE!”
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